From The Other Side is a weekly links post, hopefully, giving you an inside look at LSU's upcoming opponent each Sunday based on reports from that team's beat writers.

After opening up the season with its first non-conference loss in 14 years – the first under Les Miles – LSU heads back to Baton Rouge for its home opener against FCS opponent Jacksonville State.

But JSU is no cupcake. After forcing overtime on the road against Auburn in Week 2 last season, the Gamecocks marched to the FCS National Championship Game with a 13-1 record, ultimately falling to No. 2 North Dakota State, 37-10.

This season, JSU is the third-ranked team in the FCS and is coming off a season-opening win against North Alabama. You may recognize their running back and one of their wide receivers.

The Anniston Star

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  • After running through the FCS playoffs, the Gamecocks got a “taste” of the national championship last season but coach John Grass feels his team didn’t play its best football. With Jenkins, a preseason FCS All-American, returning for another year and Thomas reuniting with his high school coach, JSU’s expectations are as high as possible.

Jacksonville State's Official Athletic Website

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